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You pose some very interesting questions, rhetorical or otherwise, in your opening article on Chandra Levy (“Summer of Chandra,” 7/20). I though I would share some gut responses:
1. “What does a veteran congressman actually have in common with a green intern?” Greed and hormones.
2. “Is blind worship really such a turn-on?” It might be if there’s really good sex.
3. “Condit was supposed to be the powerful one in the relationship. But Chandra held the ace: the congressman’s abject fear of disclosure. It could have made for a potent threat.” Add the possibility of impending fatherhood and you might have instant combustion. But maybe it was more like a slow-burning fuse, allowing both Chandra and Condit enough time to evaluate any reactions and follow up “accordingly.”
4. “Did something happen between the two of them?” Here’s my theory: Chandra might have tried to secure Condit by the balls; however, Condit had more to lose than Chandra out of the whole plot. Given that it was discovered that Condit was trying to control and manipulate the situation, maybe there’s a good chance he did orchestrate some more “damage control” we have not yet heard of. The police should question Condit’s brotherhe might have something to say (if they can find him).
5. “What about that reportedly long-suffering wife? What exactly is this chronic ailment she’s reported to have? And how long before she tires of the drip-drip-drip of daily humiliations of her husband’s affairs and decides to dish on Dateline?” As long as she can play the victim card before she ditches the husband.
6. “Which brings us to the other grown-ups in this whole sordid affair: Chandra’s parents. What were they thinking? Let’s not forget that they seemed to have known something about their daughter’s foolish romance since at least last December, to judge from the evidence of a family video, on which Daddy can be heard ribbing Chandra about her congressman boyfriend. Hello?! Didn’t the Levy elders think to warn their naive daughter that maybe, just maybe, a married congressman 29 years her senior might not have her best interests at heart? Then there was the helpful intervention of Chandra’s aunt, Linda Zamsky, to whom Chandra confided details of her May-December affair. Aunt Linda’s advice to Chandra? Arrange the congressman’s shirts by color and build him a terrariumthe two surefire pathways to a man’s heart.” Again, greed.